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Akashic Crow's Nest - Fiat Lux [treetrunk002]


Published June 23, 2005
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Fiat Lux, an outstanding EP by Akashic Crow's Nest, features warm, percolating sounds generated using images. It is hard not to listen to this work and smile. We at Treetrunk bet that this music will stimulate your heart and mind both, so definitely give it a listen.

Akashic Crow's Nest, a recording project of C.P. McDill, utilizes images as the source material for its distinct sound. First, very long pictures are created using Photoshop. Sometimes they are hand-drawn, and sometimes they are cut from photographs and subjected to effects and other manipulation. They are saved as very long and narrow bitmaps, and then loaded into a program that reads the hues and values of the image, one row at a time, from left to right, treating the picture as a sort of "piano roll." Sounds are generated from the pixel information, and rendered to a .wav form, which is then cleaned up, effected, EQ'd and otherwise polished to the form you hear on this album.

Previous albums by Akashic Crow's Nest have been released on Webbed Hand Records, and include "Skidbladni," "Off-World Mining" and "The Void Captain's Tale." They are usually illustrative and conceptual. The present album, Fiat Lux, is purely abstract, and no meaning or message should be inferred from the sounds.


Date 2005-06-23 00:00:00
Run time 29:28


Notes

Recorded and produced by C.P. McDill
Summer Solstice 2005
Cover design by C.P. McDill
Creative Commons by-nc-nd 2.5

Reviews

Reviewer: jwf3148 - - October 8, 2011
Subject: My inner landscape is well appointed...
Huge thanks as always to C.P. McDill, Akashic Crow's Nest, treetrunk, webbedhand, archive.org for this and so many other wonderful productions. Your efforts are hugely appreciated...
Reviewer: jon7 - - June 2, 2006
Subject: image conversion
i enjoy this piece of music, certainly, bit i appreciate that the mthods used to make it were disclosed somewhat. the reason being that i have since heard compositions using the same technique (not on the archive) that were good, but i had to laugh because the composer willfully obscured the method in an attempt to make it seem 'magical' and i could see right through it. thanks CP McDill, for being down to earth about it. It makes a difference in a field where lofty concepts are too often, simply let down by the sounds themselves.
Reviewer: Silver Fox - - July 1, 2005
Subject: might sound strange...
but this is my new favourite workout music! Always a fan of ACN!
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